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AIDS Clinical Trials Research Site at Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals in Cleveland

Recently, an HIV vaccine trial in Cleveland has opened enrolling gay men and transgender women who have sex with men.  The AIDS Clinical Trials Research Site is located at Case Western Reserve/University Hospitals in Cleveland.

They are particularly interested in reaching out to the transgender community, both for the community’s understanding of the HIV vaccine trial, as well as for recruitment purposes.

Preliminary information on the trial is available at www.hopetakesaction.org.  Please feel free to contact Outreach Coordinator, Bob Bucklew, with any questions or comments you may have.

Bob Bucklew, Outreach Coordinator
CWRU/UH AIDS Clinical Trials Unit
office: 216-844-2247
fax: 216-844-3926

Lakewood to add gender identity to equality laws

Gay People’s Chronicle, OH, USA

December 17, 2010

Lakewood to add gender identity to equality laws

by Anthony Glassman

Lakewood–City council stands poised to expand protections for transgender residents with the passage of three new ordinances.

The final votes are expected on December 20, according to councilor Nickie Antonio and council president Kevin Butler.

The move comes just months after Antonio, who leaves for the Ohio House of Representatives next month, worked with the human resources director of Lakewood to add sexual orientation and gender identity to personnel policies across the board, protecting city employees from anti-gay and anti-trans discrimination.

“Further, the language that was incorporated into the updated policies and procedures has also been expanded and incorporated into some of the union contracts that have been negotiated this year, so those protections will now be in those contracts going forward,” Antonio said, “which I really believe speaks to the city of Lakewood’s commitment to respecting diversity in hiring and employment.”

The three proposed ordinances, which were introduced by Butler when Antonio was at a new-legislator orientation in Columbus last month, would amend section 501.01 of the city code, which provides definitions, to add ones for sexual orientation and gender identity; section 537.18, to add gender identity or expression to the ethnic intimidation ordinance which already contains sexual orientation, and section 516, the fair housing ordinance, to bar discrimination in housing and  financing on the basis of gender identity and expression.

The fair housing code also currently includes sexual orientation.

Antonio was elected to the 13th District Ohio House seat that State Rep. Mike Skindell is vacating due to term limits. Skindell was also a Lakewood City Council member, and has won election to the Ohio Senate for the 23rd district. Skindell is a staunch supporter of LGBT rights,  and was one of the main proponents of the addition of sexual orientation to the Lakewood city codes.

With the measures’ passage, Lakewood would become Ohio’s eleventh city to include transgender people in its equal rights ordinances. The others are Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Toledo, Dayton, Akron, Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, Bowling Green and Oxford. Six more cities have sexual orientation equality measures: Canton, Oberlin, Yellow Springs, Athens, North Olmsted and East Cleveland.

No federal or Ohio law protects either group, unlike in 21 other states and the District of Columbia. A measure to do so passed the
Ohio House last year but never saw a Senate vote; a similar federal bill has met a similar fate.

© 2008 KWIR Publications


Need an idea for the perfect holiday gift?

This holiday season, consider making a donation to TransOhio in someone else’s honor as your holiday gift. Is there someone in your life who would prefer a donation in his or her name to an organization that works day and night to educate, advocate, support and build the Ohio trans/gender non-conforming/intersex community, rather than an item that will soon go out of style or disappear to sock purgatory?

During 2010, we logged over 5,000 miles on the road, 450 phone calls, provided over 20,000 copies of TransOhio’s Transgender 101 educational pamphlet to schools, businesses (large & small, private and public), hosted the 4th Annual Unity Picnic in June and the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium in August 2010, and our 1st Provider’s Day also in August. We started a monthly Trans support group in Toledo and a Partners’ Discussion Group that meets monthly in Columbus. We also launched the first ever Trans Needs Assessment in Ohio, as well as an assessment for Partners and Allies of Trans individuals.

TransOhio is 110% volunteer run. We have NO paid staff and operate on donations and grants. Your end of the year donation is vital and assists us in operating expenses, printing costs, and hosting educational and social events throughout the year. Additionally, your donation allows us to continue to work on pressing issues such as changing the gender marker on the Ohio birth certificate, advocacy for those who aren’t in positions to advocate for themself, provide emergency medical expense grants, and more.

If you donate to TransOhio in someone else’s honor between now and the end of 2010, we will send a card to your designee that you made a holiday gift in the person’s name.

It involves two easy steps:

First, donate online, using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card at: Donate Online –  There you can make a tax-deductible donation to TransOhio through our fiscal sponsor, Stonewall Columbus.

Secondly, after you make the donation, email your name(s), as well as the gift honoree’s name(s), email, address and phone number to: transohio@transohio.org.

If you don’t have someone in mind you’d like to honor with a donation to TransOhio, here’s a gentle reminder:

December is your last opportunity to make charitable donations
which you can deduct on your 2010 taxes due April 15, 2011.

Please consider donating now. Donating to TransOhio between now and December 31 is the perfect way not only to take a deduction, but also to donate to the cause so deeply personal to your life right in your own home state or where somebody you care about resides.

Again, you may donate online, using Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card at: Donate Online

Within a week of your tax-deductible donation, whether or not you make it in someone else’s honor, TransOhio will provide you a receipt in accordance with IRS and state regulations.

Thank you for your continued support of TransOhio.  As always, all of us at TransOhio appreciate you more than we could ever express.

On behalf of the Board of Directors at TransOhio, we wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season, and a wonderful end to 2010, and a fantastic start to 2011.

In community,
Shane Morgan
Melissa Alexander
Sarah Wagner
Jacob Nash

TransOhio: October & November Events in Ohio

Join TransOhio @ We All Belong – A Rally for Inclusion
Sunday, October 31st, 2:30 pm
All are welcome!

First Congregational Church, 444 E Broad St. Columbus, OH 43215
4:30 pm – March to the Ohio Statehouse (0.5 mile)
We are people of all colors, ages, colors, religions, abilities, economic classes and orientations, religions, abilities, We are native-born and immigrant, and native-immigrant, We are all created equal.
Ohio Transgender Day of Remembrance Events
Cincinnati – Thursday, November 18, 2010
Hebrew Union College
3101 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223
Columbus – Thursday, November 18, 2010
King Avenue United Methodist Church
299 King Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
Cleveland – Friday, November 19, 2010
Justice Center
1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1664
5:45pm @ The Justice Center, then a short march to City Hall.
Program begins at 6pm
5th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Thursday, November 25, 1:00pm
The Center on High (Stonewall Columbus), 1st floor
1160 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43201
Fall is here and the cold weather is starting to arrive and that must mean that Thanksgiving is approaching! That’s right, here come the holidays… What better way to spend them then with your friends and family of TransOhio!
TransOhio will once again be hosting a Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thanksgiving day.
This dinner is open to the entire Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay and Ally community. There are no excuses to spend the day alone! Come early and stay late!  This is open to the entire GLBTQI and Ally community (kids are welcome!).  RSVP’s are not required, but it will help us in our planning. TransOhio will provide the turkey & and necessary paper plate-ware.
Please bring a dish to share with others (and a serving spoon, fork or knife) and something to drink.
Volunteers are needed to setup, decorate and clean up at the end of the evening.
If you can volunteer, please let us know – send an email to transohio@transohio.org or call us (614) 441-8167 (this is a voicemail only number, please leave a message).
Please join your TransOhio family on Thanksgiving!

TransOhio June 2010 Newsletter Now Available!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Dear TransOhio Family, Friends and Allies!

The June 2010 issue of the TransOhio newsletter is now available! You can download the newsletter at: http://www.transohio.org/news/June2010TransOhio.pdf .

There are tons of events & activities happening in June, so, make sure you take a look at the calendar and the other events noted throughout the newsletter!

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender and Ally Symposium!

Upcoming Notables:

  • TG Support Group, Wednesday, June 2nd
  • Partners’ Discussion Group, Wednesday, June 9th
  • 4th Annual Unity Picnic, Saturday, June 5, Goodale Park, Columbus – Open to Everybody!
  • 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally SymposiumAugust 13-15, 2010 in Columbus — Registration is now open!

Check out the 3rd Annual TransOhio Transgender & Ally Symposium webpage for more info!

Email TransOhio@gmail.com for information.

We need Volunteers!
Interested in meeting new people? Can you help us at the Unity Picnic? Columbus Pride? Symposium?
Sign-up online!

We’ll see you soon!

Don’t forget to check out www.transohio.org for a full calendar of events, workshops and other fantastic community gatherings!

TransOhio Board of Directors
Shane, Milo, Tara, Jake, Sarah and Melissa